Balboa Village Theatre
707 E. Balboa Boulevard,
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Architects: Solomon Carr
Styles: Spanish Colonial
Previous Names: Ritz Theater, Balboa Theater, Pussycat Theatre, Balboa Performing Arts Theatre
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- Dec 10, 2003 — Today's Newsreel
In the early-2000’s, a $2.5 million dollar restoration project, led by community activist and President of the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation, Dayna Pettit was planned. The project proposed to turn the 1928 movie palace into a cinema and performing arts center capable of hosting live events and films for 350 people.
Originally opened as the 700-seat Ritz Theater on March 17, 1928, it was renamed Balboa Theater in 1939. It was taken over by Pussycat Theatres in 1973 and operated as an adult theatre until 1975. Later operated by Landmark Theatres, it closed as a movie theatre on December 1, 1991 with Liv Ullmann in “Mindwalk”. After years of lobbying the city for support, the city of Newport Beach purchased the building in 1998, and with construction underway, a proposal was made to re-open the theatre in 2008, but this deadline has been well past in 2013.
Plans may call for a return of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” which had been a controversial staple of the beach community’s cinema.
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